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REVIEW DLED Dedolight Reviewed by Justin Mills I ’ve been using Felloni LED light panels for over 18 months now, and have really enjoyed the ease of operating lights using battery power – in my case, V lock batteries that I also use to power my cameras. No cable runs, easy to reposition and that much less time setting up and packing up. Although their 1ft x 1ft size means they are too small to give the wrap around effect of a softlight, some diffusion vastly improves the light quality. They can also pack a punch and last ages on a single battery. But now I’m in the battery habit, what I’ve been lacking is something I can use to replace my 4 AC- powered Dedo lights: battery-powered LED technology in a ‘hard light’ package to use as backlights and background lights. Enter the new range of Dedo LED heads that claim to be able to do just that. I took two on a couple of recent shoots to test them out: DLED 2.1 and the DLED 4.1. The full range that goes up in size to a 12.1 (approximately equivalent to 1.2 fresnel HMI), but these smallest two seem to be the most likely candidates to substitute for the AC DLH2 and DLH4 heads so many of us have in our light kits. With the rapidly improvements in recent LED  technology, the numbering system is similar to computer software updates, so these lights replace the .0 versions, and each successive generation will increase by 0.1 with the latest hardware. First impressions are that they are built with the hardwearing standards of the DLH4 series, and could certainly take some of the hard knocks and indignities my AC lights have been subjected to over the years. Most of the head is actually taken up with the flat-layered aluminium heat sink at the back, and they do get a little hot, although not nearly as much as conventional AC lights. Behind the face of the light is a focus control ring, changing the beam angle from 5 to 50 degrees on the 2.1, and 4 to 60 degrees on the 4.1. In the bi-colour version I was using, a colour temperature dial from 2600-6000K. One welcome feature is that the AC supply input voltage is rated 90-264, so there is no longer any problem going between 240V and 120V countries as the same supply will work in either. V lock adaptors provide the battery powering option for the lights, which are connected via their D-tap connectors to the DC power supply. The batteries can be hung on the light stand when attached to the adaptors. The 4.1 head connectors are 4 pin XLR and the 2.1 uses a smaller screw in connector – the 4.1 worked without problems, but it’s worth noting the XLR connection could get knocked against the yoke of the light when tilting it so care is needed when positioning it. This V-lock powered system worked very well, and would be fine for 95% of my shoots, but I could imagine ordering a D-tap extension cable to rig the head anywhere harder to access than a floor mounted stand.   The 2.1 is unusual in the range and has all necessary controls built in to the body of the bottom section of the light unit - all it requires is power, which means it can also be used as a camera mounted toplight, powering from a camera’s 12V output. AC adaptors are also available for each, the 2.1 drawing 20 Watts, and the 4.1 40 Watts. So how are they to use? I had the Bicolour lights, and comparing them side-by-side with the earlier 2.0/4.0 versions, the LED light colour is hugely improved, specially at the tungsten end. It’s great to be able to tweak the colour so easily, although you do lose out on output compared to a single-colour daylight or tungsten unit at flood. I ended 74 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 92 AUGUST 2014 TV-BAY092AUG14.indd 74 08/08/2014 15:29